Election Time Is War Time – Villagers Warned

Former Kariba MP Tongai Nyikadzino told villagers at a meeting attended by Radio VOP: “Zanu (PF) will rule forever. Election is declaration of war against the party. Blood must spill like in any war situation, we are geared for that. We will establish bases a few days before elections to deal with those against Zanu (PF) even if it means killing them.”

Ward 8 was won by late MDC-T councillor Paddington Chavhuruma during the March 2008 harmonised election.

Zanu (PF)’s Jahweti Kazangarare and Peter Madamombe led terror campaign in the area in 2008 where women were raped and some men beaten and injured ahead of the bloody presidential June run- off.

Nyikadzino is currently leading the party membership audit team ahead of the annual party conference to be held in Mutare this month.

Fifty- five headmen covering Karuru and Chundu were forced to attend meetings recently with their subjects as part of a roll call.

“We are attending these meetings out of fear because they are instilling fear in us,” said a villager.

Zimbabwe is likely to hold elections next year although MDC leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said he will not participate in violent elections while the smaller faction of MDC has said it is against elections.